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Tokyo Olympics postponed due to COVID-19

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On Tuesday, March 22, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were officially postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

As the virus continues to spread, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach have agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for approximately one year.

The opening ceremony has been rescheduled for July 24, 2021, ESPN announced.

The cancellation of this year’s Olympics is the first since World War II. The final decision has been made in an effort to “safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

With over 2.6 million cases confirmed worldwide, and over 187,000 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers COVID-19 an “accelerating pandemic.”

World Health Organization director Tedros Ghebreyesus said in an interview with NPR, “But we’re not prisoners to statistics. We’re not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic.” Tedros believes aggressive and targeted tactics will attack the virus head on.

As many big events continue to be cancelled across the world, many communities are coming together with support and solutions.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach said in a statement that he is “confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government, the Japanese government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.”

Athletes are also being challenged by the delay too. Kate Nye, an American weightlifter, is focusing on the positives midst the chaos.

In an interview with the New York Times, Nye stated, “It’s a little bit longer of a delay than I had hoped, but I’m just thankful they were able to successfully postpone the event.”

With new dates set, reorganization and proper planning is taking place. The closing ceremony is scheduled for August 8 2021.

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